Overall, I would highly recommend this program for anybody who’s looking to work in Japan. Since it’s free of cost, there is nothing to lose by just applying.

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SGWJ career advisor’s comment:

My major is aviation engineering, but I am also interested in mechanical engineering classes. He is an intern and has experience in designing mechanical lines at SOLIDWORKS. His research is on the mechanical behavior of metal lattices with different topologies under quasi-static compression by laminated modeling, under the guidance of professors and doctors. He is cheerful and energetic, and has a strong desire to complete conversations and descriptions in Japanese.

Profile

Country/Region

India

Sex

Male

University

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Faculty

Engineering & Design

Academic Level

Double Degree

Message from the candidate:

My tryst with Japan began with an internship in Tokyo in my third year. For two months, I experienced first hand, the infamous Japanese work ethic, cuisine and culture. By the end of the term, I had decided that I would pursue a career in Japan. In this regard, my senior who was working in Japan suggested Asia to Japan’s program.

Upon reading the program, I found it to be too good to be true! An all expenses paid trip to Japan just to be interviewed by the companies seemed like an amazing experience. The best part was that the application was completely free! Therefore, I immediately applied. However, I did not get selected in the batch I applied for.

Fortunately, this program happens every month and they keep my application for consideration for each iteration with no extra effort from my side. The following month, I got selected! A total of 3 companies have to consider one to be interviewed to be selected. In the time between the selection to the trip, A2J staff helped prepare me for the interview. The topics covered were general interview tips, Japanese etiquette and detailed information on the companies I am interviewing for.

These sessions were very insightful and comprehensive. The staff were very friendly and all my questions, no matter how many, were humored. Once I reached Japan, the entire trip was hassle-free. Transportation and accommodation had been taken care of. We even received portable mobile hotspots. The staff also gave last minute guidance and made sure we were prepared well for the interview. There was also a lot of free time via which I was able to sneak a quick trip to Tokyo.

On the last day, A2J hosted a party which all of us were able to network well. After being selected by the company, the A2J staff helped facilitate the salary negotiation and logistics with the company. I have never done such negotiations before and I did not know how to do them either. The experience of the staff helped me get a good compensation. I also do not know Japanese.

Therefore, by request of the hiring company, A2J set up a Japanese language class up till my joining date. I am currently attending this class and plan to maximize this opportunity to become as proficient in Japanese as I can. Overall, I would highly recommend this program for anybody who’s looking to work in Japan. Since it’s free of cost, there is nothing to lose by just applying. The application is also short and simple and therefore wouldn’t take much time to complete.

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This could happen only and only because of my mentor, all SGWJ's staff members, my parents, teachers, who always encouraged me. They never gave up on me and continued to support. This journey ends here. And the next wonderful journey is going to begin from April 2021. 楽しみにしております。